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[Update] Coronavirus: What You Need to Know Before Travelling

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[Updated: April 2020]

On 23 March 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed South Africa about the coronavirus. The main point that he made was that the country would be placed into lockdown:

On 15 March, the president addressed the country. Among the points he made, below are the ones relevant to travel:

General safety tips

You can’t always assume someone has contracted coronavirus if they start coughing or sneezing suddenly. However, to be sure, there are ways you can protect yourself.

If you develop a fever, cough and/or difficulty breathing, take note of the following:

Travel updates

Currently, the travel ban is in place, so there are no flights within South Africa and no travel is permitted outside the country.

The only travel currently taking place is repatriation flights. It is still not confirmed yet when the South African travel ban will be lifted once the lockdown ends.

What about visas and ports of entry?

Find out about the latest announcements regarding visas and ports of entry by visiting the IATA Travel Centre.

We will update this page as new information gets released.

Make sure to stay updated on your flight status.

For local information, see the Health Department’s page on the coronavirus.

Please visit our dedicated Travel Safe page for the latest airline updates and FAQs.

If you have a booking with Travelstart and need assistance, please reach out to us via our chat service found on our homepage or send us a private message on Facebook or Twitter. We are here to help.

Also Read: Lockdown Lessons: Airlines & Refunds

All information on this blog page was correct at the time of publishing and may change at any time without prior notice. Travelstart will not be held liable for loss or inconvenience resulting from the use of out-dated or incorrectly noted information.

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